LIMA — Be prepared.
Due to the high humidity, the weather will feel as if it is 100 degrees as we celebrate the Fourth of July on Wednesday, according to Tom Kines, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.
Cooler weather is expected for the weekend, but the weather on July 4 is expected to reach or exceed 90 degrees with a possibility of a thunderstorm during the afternoon or evening.
“The humidity and the air will be trimmed and it should set the stage for a pretty nice weekend full of sunshine and temperatures in the 80-85s,” said Kines. “It will definitely feel more comfortable around the weekend.”
Lima Deputy Public Works Director Ric Stolly said that, while organizers of Wednesday’s Star Spangled Spectacular are optimistic that the weather will hold, a plan is in place to postpone the fireworks show by a day in the case of rain Wednesday night. Should it threaten to rain during the day, event organizers will meet every hour to check weather developments prior to deciding whether or not to hold the fireworks show as scheduled.
With hot temperatures expected, Stolly noted that Peacock Water stations will be in place throughout Faurot Park and a “cool zone” will be available for attendees. Paramedics will also be on hand in the event of heat exhaustion.
However, Stolly is also calling on attendees to plan ahead when it comes to the heat, such as ensuring they have plenty of water on hand.
“We ask people to use common sense as we work to find ways to help people keep cool,” he said.
If you can brave the heat on the Fourth, there will be various places open and events available for the public to enjoy such as the Star Spangled Spectacular and the beach at Ottawa Metropolitan Park.
At Faurot Park from 8:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. there will be various marathons, food booths, a fishing derby, a car show, a Lima Locos game, live entertainment, and fireworks to end the night.
The Ottawa Metro Park Beach will be open on July 4 from noon to 7 p.m., with a exit time of 6:45 p.m..
There will be a 10 minute break each hour to ensure that the guards and swimmers are well hydrated and have an opportunity to apply sunscreen, according to Christine Wisher, Ottawa Metro Park Beach.
As July 4 approaches gas prices are expected to rise for the rest of the summer, according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.
As of Monday morning, Hardin had the lowest gas prices in the region at $2.62, which is 14 cents less than the national average.
The second lowest average gas prices are in Shelby at $2.66, followed by Van Wert and Mercer at $2.679, Allen at $2.701 , Putnam at $2.705, Hancock at $2.706, Logan at $2.74 and Auglaize at $2.75.
Oil has recently rose over 10 percent, which is costing motorists over $1 billion more than in 2017, according to DeHaan. He believes that this will cause the national average to rise towards $3 a gallon, causing the second half of the summer to be pricier than the first.
“And to rub some salt in the wound, hurricane season is still upon us, adding more guess work to where gas prices might spend the second half of the summer,” said DeHaan in a news release. “Make no mistake, it won’t be pretty, not nearly as “pretty” as the first half of the summer. Be ready for volatility and likely higher prices at the pump in July and August. “
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